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Education tops as capital projects get 65% in Borno’s N170b budget

Governor Kashim Shettima on Thursday presented Borno’s 2018 Budget of N170. 2 billion with education getting the highest amount of N27 billion in an estimate that allocated 65 percent for capital projects leaving recurring with N61.8 billion.

‎Addressing the State Assembly in Maiduguri, the Governor announced that the draft, titled, ‘Budget of Resettlement and Empowerment’ is to be financed from expected Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of N16,075,548,000.00, allocation from the Federation Account of N115,734,194,000.00 and Capital Receipt of N38,469,772,000.00. He explained that the total capital expenditure is N108,408,580,000.00 and the total recurrent expenditure is N61,870,934,000.00. ‎ The 2018 budget size, he noted, is less than that of 2017 by N13,560,875,081.00 which represents 7.38%.

Announcing sectoral allocations, Shettima said N12.6 was set aside for building infrastructures and management of Secondary school education, N10.3 billion for tertiary schools and N4.4 billion for primary and junior secondary schools through the State’s Universal Basic Education Commission with the combine total for education, ,standing at N27.2 billion.

Trailing Education, the Governor announced allocation of N22.6 billion for construction of major roads, drainage and boosting transport through the State Ministry of Works and Transport, N17.7 billion for Healthcare infrastructures, consumables‎ and other related needs, N9.8 billion to complete reconstruction of destroyed communities, rehabilitation and resettlement of victims of insurgency while N8 billion was set aside for Agriculture. Other sectors got different range of allocations that were less than the listed sectors.

The Governor recalled that “during the 2017 fiscal year, the State Government made deliberate efforts to reconstruct or rehabilitate all the major institutional structures and residential buildings in the various Local Government Areas which were wantonly destroyed by the insurgents”.

” I am happy to announce that most of the schools, health centres and residential houses in some of the Local Governments destroyed during the insurgency, have been reconstructed and services fully restored. These Local Governments include Konduga, Damasak, Dikwa, Askira/Uba, Kaga and Mafa. Also IDPs from these Local Governments as well as those from Damboa, Ngala and Monguno, have been safely returned to their homes. To ensure that these IDPs are engaged in some economic ventures, the State Government, during the period under review has undertaken the training of the youths and women in skills acquisition and also provided them with entrepreneurship kits and farm inputs. Building materials have also been distributed to some of the IDPs to rebuild their homes” he noted.

The Governor gave listed numerous areas of achievements recorded by his administration in 2017, with specific mention of schools, roads, hospitals and houses constructed in addition to what was achieved in Agriculture, humanitarian needs amongst other areas.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.